Rays-Yankees Gm. 4 lineups, FAQ (TBS, 7 ET)

October 8th, 2020

Throughout this American League Division Series, the Rays and Yankees have been housed under the red-tile terracotta roof of a posh resort in Carlsbad, Calif., approximately 40 miles north of where their battles have taken place on the Petco Park diamond.

With one more victory, Tampa Bay could have the place all to itself. The Yankees’ season will be on the line in Thursday’s Game 4, needing to topple opener and the Rays’ relief stable to force the showdown of AL East rivals to a winner-take-all fifth game.

“That's a good team,” said Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. “They won our division, they’ve got a good pitching staff, a great offense that is able to manufacture a lot of runs. We knew that we were in for a dogfight. We know they're not going to let up.”

When is the game and how can I watch it?
The game will air on TBS at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. It is also available to stream on MLB.TV with authentication.

What do the starting lineups look like?
Rays: Instead of the righty-swinging Mike Brosseau, the Rays have slotted first baseman in the cleanup spot. Yoshi Tsutsugo and will undoubtedly be ready off the bench if the Yankees go to a right-hander at some point in the game.

Yankees: There were only a couple of calls to make as they take the field in a win-or-go-home game. New York went with over Clint Frazier in left field, and started Kyle Higashioka over Gary Sánchez behind the plate. rose a spot in the lineup and is cleaning up, with moved down one to the five-hole.

Who are the starting pitchers?
Rays: Thompson (1-2, 4.44 ERA) will be making his first career postseason start, though it comes as an opener. He made one appearance as an opener this season, tossing two scoreless innings against the Yankees on Aug. 8.

Yankees: (2-3, 5.11 ERA) will make his postseason debut, tabbed for his first outing since Sept. 24. The left-hander faced the Rays on Sept. 2 at Yankee Stadium but did not complete the first inning, permitting homers to Arozarena and Brosseau in a 5-2 loss.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Rays: is expected to toss the bulk of the innings behind Thompson, but that could change if the Rays get out to an early lead. They have a chance to close out the series in Game 4, and manager Kevin Cash said his bullpen should be fresh.

Yankees: All hands on deck. There’s no tomorrow, and Boone said rookie is in the mix after he served as New York’s opener in Game 2. No one is off limits, including , who threw 97 pitches in Monday’s Game 1.

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Rays: has pitched in back-to-back games, but if the Rays find a situation for the right-hander to get a pair of outs, the team will certainly look into it. Other than Castillo possibly being limited, the Rays should have their entire stable of arms ready.

Yankees: Again, no one is off limits, but Boone will probably steer away from after the right-hander’s 14-pitch outings in Games 2 and 3. If it comes down to Nelson, though, the Yanks are in trouble.

Any injuries of note?
Rays: None.

Yankees: Just the usual “foot stuff” for Voit, who is 1-for-11 (.091) in the ALDS.

Who is hot and who is not?
Rays: Arozarena has hit a home run in three consecutive games and has a 2.109 OPS in the ALDS. Teammates say he’s the best hitter on the planet right now, and that’s tough to argue against. Wendle has done it a bit differently, but the utility man has played a big role in the Rays’ success. He went 3-for-5 with four hard-hit balls in Game 3. He is 6-for-11 in the ALDS.

Yankees: Stanton has six homers and 13 RBIs in five postseason games, having become the first Major Leaguer ever to homer in each of his team’s first five games of a postseason. Hicks is quietly having a terrific ALDS, stroking five hits in nine at-bats (.556) and managing a .500 on-base percentage through the postseason. Judge is 3-for-23 (.130) in the postseason; two of those hits have been homers.

Anything else fans want to know?
Rays: Since Aug. 9, the Rays have hit 24 home runs in 10 games against the Yankees. They have hit multiple homers in all 10 games, the longest streak in franchise history against New York.

Home: The Yankees have twice escaped from a 2-1 hole in the ALDS: in 2001 vs. the Athletics and '17 vs. the Indians. This is their ninth time in such a situation. LeMahieu has hit safely in 23 consecutive games vs. the Rays (since May 18, 2019) and owns an 11-game postseason hitting streak since Game 1 of the 2019 AL Championship Series.